Sigma 35mm F2 DG DN Contemporary review

The Sigma 35mm F2 DG DN Contemporary is a small lens that’s big on quality

Sigma 35mm F2 DG DN | C
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Mirrorless cameras generally offer a size reduction, compared with DSLRs, but the advantage can be literally outweighed by chunky companion lenses. From Sigma’s ‘I’ series line-up, this Contemporary 35mm lens has a modest f/2 aperture rating that enables a relatively compact, lightweight build, but with no compromise in build quality or performance. It’s a great little lens for everyday shooting.


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    High quality metal construction

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    Good handling characteristics

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    Compact and lightweight


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    f/2 isn’t overly fast

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    No focus distance scale

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    Visible barrel distortion if uncorrected

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Sigma offers some top-quality 35mm lenses from its ‘Art’ line-up, including the excellent 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, which was originally designed for DSLRs but is also available in Sony E and L-mount options for mirrorless cameras. There’s also the monster 35mm F1.2 DG DN Art lens, designed specifically for Sony E and L-mount mirrorless cameras, which goes extra-wide in aperture rating but tips the scales at over a kilogram. By contrast, the 35mm F2 DG DN is typical of the ‘Contemporary’ line-up in having a relatively compact and lightweight build, weighing in at a just 325g despite having a full metal casing.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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